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I'm getting there - Fraser-Pryce

Published:Monday | June 4, 2018 | 12:18 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands:

Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said she is very pleased with the progress that she has been making since her return to active competition this season.

Fraser-Pryce, who won the IAAF World Championships sprint double (100m and 200m) in Moscow in 2013, clocked a season's best 11.33 seconds to finish second at the Cayman Invitational on Saturday.

The race was Fraser-Pryce's second of the season since her return to track after giving birth to her first child last year.

"I am feeling really good, and I have to say, I am blessed because to come out here and to run 11.33s, it's just getting better and better," Fraser-Pryce said after the race.

"I ran 11.52s a couple of weeks ago in Kingston, and today, I was able to run 11.33s, so I am really excited about the progress," she said.

"I am just excited about the transition from where I am now and where I want to be for the season, and I think I am working towards getting there," Fraser-Pryce said.

Saturday's race was won by American Jenna Prandini in 11.16 seconds, while Jamaica's Schillonie Calvert-Powell was fifth in 11.52 seconds, and Sherone Simpson, seventh in 11.56.

Fraser-Pryce added that had it not been for her poor start, she could have run much faster in the event. "I don't think I executed well because I think the start was a little tentative," she said.

"I will say it is my second 100m of the season and basically my first competitive 100m, so I am very pleased about the effort, and I have to give God thanks and just continue to train hard and continue to press forward," she said.

"I think that I am not race-sharp and I am still a little way off in terms of where I want to be because of the late start to my training. But I am not complaining because it is an off year. So I am just looking forward to building to 2019 because this is my main focus at this point," Fraser-Pryce noted.